How much does an abortion cost? This is not as simple of a question as it may seem. There are many factors that go into giving a true, well informed answer. It is not only the monetary costs to take into consideration, but also the physical and emotional costs as well.

The Money

This is one of the most popular questions we receive on our website, phone calls and from patients directly. As stated above, this is not a one size fits all answer either. One of the main factors in determining how much an abortion costs is knowing what type of abortion you are talking about. There are two common forms of abortion: the abortion pill and a surgical abortion.

Other factors include where you live and how far along in your pregnancy you are (Learn about our Pre-Abortion Screening services ). Even your income can play a role in determining what, if any, financial support you could receive. While some insurance companies don’t fully cover this, sometimes they will offer assistance with abortion pills or the procedures. In many cases, insurance companies will not cover any cost associated with abortion pills or procedures.

What Types of Abortion are there?

The abortion pill is not a single pill. It is multiple pills that combine three chemicals (methotrexate, misoprotol and mifepristone (RU-486)) in the regiment. The abortion pill is around $500 in Florida; however, many places will charge extra fees for the office visit, follow up visits and medication to alleviate the symptoms of the abortion pill. And the abortion pill is typically only an option to those who are very early on in their pregnancies.

So, what about a surgical abortion? Again, just like the pill, this answer depends on quite a few factors. The main one is how far along you are in your pregnancy. Laws differ from state to state on when during your pregnancy a surgical abortion can take place. The most common type of medical abortion procedure is vacuum aspiration or suction. This typically will be performed when you are 14 to 16 weeks along in your pregnancy.

Dilation and Evacuation is the second and less common surgical abortion procedure. This typically will only performed later in your pregnancy. After you are at least 16 weeks along. These procedures can cost more than $5,000 depending on your specific situation and location. While some financial aid resources are available, many do not qualify. If your insurance does not cover the procedure, then the cost must be paid in full at the time of the procedure.

Physical Costs

Financial costs of abortion are what many people think of first when considering abortion.Women many times forget or ignore the Physical repercussions. The physical pain during an abortion can range almost as wide as the cost. While some women report feeling heavy cramping similar to severe period cramps, others report the procedure and recovery to be anywhere from uncomfortable to extremely painful. In some cases, the pain has sent women to the hospital seeking relief. There are different things that contribute to the type of pain you might experience. These can include the amount and type of medication given for the procedure and how far along you are in your pregnancy.

After most in clinic abortions, you will also be prescribed antibiotics and given more information on what to expect following the procedure. Typically, women will experience spotting or heavier bleeding for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It is recommended to speak with a doctor immediately if you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. Also contact a doctor if you are bleeding excessively and pain medication does not help with serious cramping or discomfort. If you experience these symptoms or others that are abnormal or do not subside with pain medication, contact a doctor immediately.

Emotional Costs

After factoring the financial and physical costs of abortion into your decision, you need to consider is the emotional cost. While emotional cost doesn’t appear tangible as money or as obvious as physical pain, many consider the emotion toll of an abortion to be the highest cost. It is a lot to process and at times can be overwhelming.

The following is a list of potential side effects women reported after having an abortion. (From the American Pregnancy Association,) :

  • Regret
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Loneliness of feelings of isolation
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Nightmares, trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Relationship troubles
  • Trouble eating or eating disorders
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings

What Can You Do About It?

These are possible feelings and stressors that can come up after having an abortion. Many advocates at Thrive Orlando are well trained and equipped to help you work through these or other feelings you may have. Several of our counselors here at Thrive Orlando are also trained and equipped to help process and work through the emotional trauma of an abortion.

It can be hard to consider all the factors and costs associated with having an abortion, especially when you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. It is a major, life-changing decision, one that should not be made lightly despite the sense of urgency you may feel. An unplanned pregnancy can seem like a financial and emotional burden that you were not expecting at this time in your life.

Taking a step back and giving yourself the resources to make your decision can be extremely beneficial. It is important to know about the types of abortions available and how they will affect you and your body. This includes your mental health and well-being. Even learning about your state laws and how those will impact you and your choice can help you feel better informed. But most importantly, do not feel like you have to walk this path alone.

Our caring staff at Thrive Orlando is here to help counsel you and walk through all your options, free of charge. We can help equip you with resources and knowledge; allowing you to feel confident in making this decision.We do not require insurance at Thrive Orlando. We also offer our services at no cost to you. This includes a medical grade pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling services and more. Contact us or set up an appointment to learn more.